Musician furthers education thanks to generous donors

Mar. 9, 2022

For Taisamasama Kaiminaauao-Eteuati KSKʻ20, music is more than a passion.

Hawaiian music represents a deep-rooted, lifelong commitment to learning and growth that Kaiminaauao-Eteuati takes pride in sharing with others. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa student is studying Hawaiian culture, language and history as he pursues a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Hawaiian music.

While at Kamehameha, Kaiminaauao-Eteuati was active in multiple creative endeavors, including the Concert Glee Club, Music and Technology class, Project Kuleana and the Haku Mele Cohort. And, he served as Song Contest boys’ director as a sophomore, junior and senior.

His hard work and dedication to improving his craft led to him receiving multiple scholarships through the Pauahi Foundation made possible by generous donors: the 2020 Keola & Kapono Beamer Scholarship, 2020 Pono & Louise Beamer Scholarship, 2020 Harold Turney & Dorothy Gillett Memorial Scholarship and the 2021 William K. and Julia T. Kapololu Scholarship.

“Mahalo piha, donors,” Kaiminaauao-Eteuati says. “I am blessed by your generosity and support, which enables me to further my education in Hawaiian language and music at UH Mānoa. With your support, I hope to continue my dive into the many facets of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, especially mele, through performances and many other projects this coming year.

“Ke aloha nui iā ʻoukou pākahi a pau no ke kōkua a kākoʻo ʻana mai iaʻu ma ia alahele hoʻonaʻauao oʻu. Mahalo piha. Iesū pū.”

The 102nd edition of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest will be held Friday, March 11, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena following two years of non-traditional performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, “Ola Mau ʻo Kamehameha: Celebrating our Kamehameha Musical Legacy,” features classic Kamehameha music literature rooted in a rich choral heritage. Haumāna will perform compositions by noteable music teachers and arrangers influential in music making for generations of KS students.

The Pauahi Foundation features endowed scholarships created to support recipients that meet music-related criteria and recipients. Three former kumu being honored during Song Contest have named scholarships with Pauahi Foundation, including two alumni: Dorothy K. Gillett KSK’36, Harold Turney and Zillah Young KSK’63.

If you would like to help perpetuate the musical talents of ‘ōiwi leaders like Kaiminaauao-Eteuati, please consider making a gift to the Pauahi Foundation, using the form below.

Your generosity puts you in the company of a hui of donors who have accepted the great kuleana of continuing Pauahi's legacy of giving. Whether volunteering your time or donating, our collective impact will make a difference. On behalf of the Pauahi Foundation and Kamehameha Schools, mahalo for giving with Pauahi!